SELF – Men’s and Women Health & Fitness
As people spend a lot more time in their own home in quarantine (some, with roommates, sharing the same cramped space with individuals who have very different lifestyle habits), you might be taking an extra keen interest in cleaning and tidying these days, perhaps even as a coping mechanism. As a typically avoidant tidier myself—“dodge, duck, and weave” is my motto when it comes to any kind of cleaning—even I’ve found myself channeling my anxiety into days spent mopping my floors, vacuuming furniture, and scrubbing at the (kinda cute?) baby pink ring of mold that seems to have permanently hardened onto my toilet bowl. The world might be in flux right now, but my house offers a gleaming refuge of order in all this chaos.
What I am talking about is cleaning, which the CDC describes as “the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities.” Cleaning doesn’t kill germs, but lowers their number and risk by physically removing them from surfaces: Out, damned spot! Disinfecting, on the other hand, refers to killing germs with chemicals after cleaning. (If you’re interested in the latter, take a peek at the EPA’s approved list of coronavirus-fighting disinfectants.)
Finding the right cleaning product for the job—whether that’s removing stubborn pet hair or making the bathroom a little less mildewy—can be tough, which is why we turned to cleaning experts for their advice. Here we’ve compiled the best cleaning products for floors, kitchens, bathrooms and more, all recommended by professional cleaners. So, whether cleaning feels like a joy or a duty, these are the must haves for keeping your house spick and span.
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